A Monumental Bicentennial
With its cornerstone laid on July 4, 1815, Mount Vernon’s Washington Monument became the first public monument to honor George Washington and the ideals of American Democracy he represented.
This July 4, Baltimore is celebrating this special time in American history with the Monumental Bicentennial, a one-day celebration featuring the official reopening of Baltimore’s restored Washington Monument!
Presented by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and Bank of America, the event will take place from 8:30am to 5pm and includes a naturalization ceremony, an official rededication and a ribbon cutting ceremony. An old-fashioned country fair follows with entertainment, children’s activities, baking contests, delicious food and beverages and more. The Monumental Bicentennial is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Admission is free.
Beginning at 8:30am on July 4th, a naturalization ceremony will take place wherein 40 people will become American citizens. The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore School for the Arts will perform during this ceremony.
After being closed since 2010, the restored Washington Monument will reopen with an official rededication ceremony and ribbon cutting at 10:45am. The ceremony will include live performances from the Maryland Defense Force Band and Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Band.
The country fair beginning at 11:30am features live entertainment from historical re-enactors including George Washington and several musical acts.
There will be Colonial-style food and picnic fare including Dooby’s fried chicken and corn bread, barbecue by Jurassic Pork, Brewer’s Art Monumental Ale, grilled oysters by Ryleigh’s Oyster, flights of whiskey and Washington State wines from Spirits of Mount Vernon and ice cream by The Charmery.
Pahl’s Farmstead will feature a farmer’s market and petting zoo with farm animals on-site. There will also be a baking competition where local bakers compete with recipes for the best cornbread, cherry or peach dessert.
But the festival isn’t limited to Mount Vernon’s Parks. Visitors are encouraged to venture out into the neighborhood where many Mount Vernon institutions and businesses will host activities such as a neighborhood scavenger hunt, organ performances and tours at the Engineers Club and tours of the George Peabody Library and Peabody Institute. At the Walters Art Museum, you can design your own red, white, and blue pin using paints, sparkles, and more. Then, go inside the museum and find Washington’s portrait to receive a special addition!
Camp Center Stage and the Baltimore School for the Arts will be performing in the park squares. The Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will be open for the day. The Maryland Historical Society will exhibit artifacts recovered from not one but two time capsules, one hidden away in the 1815 cornerstone and another placed during the 1915 centennial celebration. Also on view will be documents related to Baltimore’s very special Monumental Year of 1815 in an exhibit entitled “Treasures Unearthed From Baltimore’s Washington Monument.”
It truly will be a neighborhood-wide event! So come out and celebrate one of the most beautiful urban spaces in America, and its special monument to our First President. For more information about the July 4th celebration, visit monumentalbicentennial.or/.
Dollar Stroll & HCSA 100th Anniversary Party
June 20th, 910 N Charles Street
MVBA is joining in the celebration by co-hosting a party on June 20th!”
It’s true! The Historic Charles Street Association turns 100 years old this year… and we’re celebrating with a party on June 20th! From 1-6pm, local businesses in the Charles Street corridor will participate in a “Dollar Stroll” where they will be selling something for $1.00. Download map using the following link:
After you’ve done some shopping, join us in the lot next to Marie Louise from 5-10pm to celebrate with music, food & cocktails!
Food and Drinks from:
Brewar’s Art * Ryleigh’s Oysters * Cazbar *Jurassic Pork * Doobys * Trinacria
Strongbox Six Month Anniversary
Schola Opens at 1005 N Charles Street
Jerry Pellegrino, the co-host of “Radio Kitchen” on WYPR, has opened a cooking school in Mount Vernon. Schola, located at 1005 N. Charles St., started its first class on June 9, with a Pasta I course.
The class schedule at Schola, which Jerry will own and operate with the chef Amy von Lange, (formerly the executive chef at the Admiral Fell Inn), will include basic kitchen techniques such as knife skills and pasta-making as well as theme-based classes devoted to regional cooking styles, holiday entertaining, wine appreciation and farmers’ markets.
Most technique classes will be $49. Themed classes, which include the preparation, and consumption of the dinner prepared during the class, are $69. A BYOB policy will be in effect for the themed classes. For more information about Schola go to scholacooks.com.
There is a proposal by Andre Mazelin to create a small cafe´ at 800 St. Paul Street, formerly Red Emmas, catering to neighborhood residents, students, faculty, and visitors. They would provide a light fare menu featuring eclectic offerings, carefully selected craft beers, wines, coffees, and herbal teas.
As a first step, a zoning hearing is being scheduled to seek a variance to permit the cafe to exist at the location. This is because the previous variance (for Red Emma’s) to operate a cafe in an office-residential zoned property lapsed after the business moved to North Avenue in 2013.
If the variance is granted, then a liquor license application can be made. The proposal includes a request for transfer of a Class D tavern license. An original request for live entertainment to allow acoustic guitar, comedy, and small musical combos is no longer planned due to concerns from neighbors above and nearby.
Have you wondered what the enclosure is that contains tables and chairs is for located in a parking space on Charles Street? Downtown Partnership’s Curbside Cafe Program is back! The outdoor dining program will begin on Wednesday, May 27th and run through Wednesday, July 15th. Each week, a different restaurant on N. Charles Street will have the parking space in front of their restaurant converted to an outdoor dining area.
Sascha’s June 10th – June 17th
Homeslyce June 17th – June 24th
David and Dad’s June 24th – July 1st
Lumbini July 1st – July 8th
Cazbar July 8th – July 15th
Charm City Circulator
The Department of Transportation will be holding public meetings to discuss the purposed changes to various routes for the Charm City Circulator. The link is to the public notice that are at bus stops and on every bus.
The locations, dates and times are below.
7/8/15 6:00-7:30pm 3rd floor conference room 417 E. Fayette St
7/6/15 6:00-7:30pm Elmer Henderson 2100 Ashland Ave
7/7/15 6:00-7:30pm Admiral Fells 888 S. Broadway
7/13/15 5:30-7:00pm Francis Scott Key 1425 E. Fort Ave
Live Baltimore’s Way to Stay
Mid-Town Belvedere has been selected as a Five Star Family Neighborhood by Live Baltimore! We’re one of 20 neighborhoods recognized as a great area to raise families in the city.
It’s part of Live Baltimore’s new Way to Stay website, a one-stop-shop for information on the best schools and neighborhoods for families, as well as incentive programs for buying or renovating a home.
Share the great news and the new website:
Summer Safety Reminder
The illegal opening of fire hydrants, a temptation on hot days, can hamper firefighting, can interrupt water service to high-rises and critical care facilities and can damage water mains.
An open fire hydrant releases 1000 gallons of water per minute, and the pressure can push a child into the street and cause serious injury or death. Persons found guilty of illegally opening fire hydrants can be criminally charged, imprisoned for up to six months, and be fined $500.00.